February is set to be a busy month for avid home chefs and bakers, but Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service are urging people to remember kitchen fire safety.
Written by: FireAngel Admin
Published on: 7 February 2023
With Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday and half term occurring in February, there are lots of opportunities for people to bake, cook and get creative in the kitchen during the month.
However Fire & Rescue Services are warning budding chefs and bakers to take extra care in the kitchen when showing off their culinary skills.
Nicola Smith, Prevention Manager at RBFRS, said: “Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – often because of distractions like phone calls or family. So, whatever happens elsewhere in your home, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.”
To help stay safe in the kitchen this month, follow Fire Kills’ top tips:
Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking and take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – get out, stay out, and call 999
Double check the hob and oven is off when you’ve finished cooking
Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking and keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
Take care with electrics – keep leads and appliances away from water and place grills and toasters away from curtains and kitchen rolls
Keep your equipment clean and in good working order – a build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire
Don’t cook after drinking alcohol
Hot oil can catch fire easily – be careful that it doesn’t overheat
Never throw water on a chip pan fire
Make sure you have a working heat alarm in your kitchen and test it weekly
In the event of a fire, make sure you have an escape plan in place. For further tips on cooking safety, visit the Fire Kills’ website or download our free kitchen safety eBook.